Thursday 27 August 2020

Poland and Chile join World Green Building Council’s net zero initiative

Poland and Chile join World Green Building Council’s net zero initiative

The Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC) and the Chile Green Building Council (ChileGBC) have officially joined WorldGBC's initiative that supports the advancement of the building and construction sectors towards total decarbonisation.

That brings the total number of participating councils globally to the Advancing Net Zero project - which is working towards total sector decarbonisation by 2050 - to 29.

PLGBC is collaborating with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to convene relevant national stakeholders to develop a decarbonisation roadmap for the Polish building and construction sectors, which will clarify the actions, timelines and roles needed to achieve net zero.

It is also an active member of the European Regional Network and the Build Upon2 project that helps cities lead the change towards net zero carbon by 2050 through developing strategies and solutions to scale up energy efficient building renovation.

Alicja Kuczera, CEO of PLGBC said: “The decarbonisation of the built environment is the most important goal of our industry. We must all work together to achieve net zero carbon buildings.

"The 2015 Paris Agreement makes it clear: by 2050 we must decarbonise the global economy, and construction is one of these pillars. Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC) aspires to be a precursor and leader of this change in our country, to work with all stakeholders, including the government, to decarbonise Polish buildings and the construction industry."

ChileGBC has started to host events to raise awareness on the urgency and principles of achieving net zero buildings and is developing a roadmap of actions towards the decarbonisation of the built environment.

María Fernanda Aguirre, CEO of ChileGBC added: “Chile Green Building Council has been performing and supporting the training of the construction industry's main actors and stakeholders on different topics such as Science Based Targets initiative, TCFD [Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures], Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), ecolabels and circular economy.

“The role of Chile GBC is, in addition to being technical, also binding in terms of our ability to convene different actors in the industry and also to agree on the public and private vision of the decarbonisation of construction in Chile. And that is why the commitment of joining ‘Advancing Net Zero’ is a natural step for the work that, as a corporation, we have been doing for some time.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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